TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The No. 60 Alabama women’s tennis team fell to No. 17 Vanderbilt, 7-0 at the UA Varsity Courts.
“I was pleased with our fighting spirit today,” said head coach Jenny Mainz. “I felt like we competed well against a very strong Vanderbilt team. They had a solid lineup and performed well, but I think we controlled our attitude and composure and focused on the task at hand as a team. We controlled what we could tonight, we just came up short.”
The Crimson Tide competed hard in doubles but came up short to a solid Vanderbilt squad.
The Tide’s Mari Muller and Andrea Brenes led most of the match against No. 19 Amanda Fish and Amanda Taylor but eventually lost, 8-6. Alabama’s Nicole Briceno and Paulina Bigos fell to Taka Bertrand and Catherine Newman, 8-5, while Vanderbilt’s Liberty Sveke and Courtney Ulery defeated Shelley Godwin and Bianca Svensson, 8-1.
In singles, Alabama fell to a tough Vanderbilt line-up that featured four nationally ranked players, three ranked in the top 65.
Muller lost to No. 35 Fish , 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 1 slot, while Godwin fell to No. 64 Taylor, 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 2 position. Vanderbilt’s Courtney Ulery clinched the match, 6-4, 6-2, with a win over Svensson at the No. 6 slot.
No. 39 Catherine Newman defeated Alabama’s Briceno, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 and No. 96 Taka Bertrand beat the Tide’s Alice Tunaru, 6-1, 6-1. Bigos lost to Liberty Sveke of Vanderbilt, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5.
Alabama returns to the court Sunday, Mar. 2 to face Kentucky at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.rolltide.com and admission is free.
1. No. 35 Amanda Fish (VU) def. Mari Muller (UA) 6-3, 6-3
2. No. 64 Amanda Taylor (VU) def. Shelley Godwin (UA) 6-0, 6-1
3. No. 39 Catherine Newman (VU) def. Nicole Briceno (UA) 6-4, 6-1
4. No. 96 Taka Bertrand (VU) def. Alice Tunaru 6-1, 6-1
5. Liberty Sveke (VU) def. Paulina Bigos 6-1, 6-2
6. Courtney Ulery (VU) def. Bianca Svensson 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish:2,5,6,4,1,3
1. No. 19 Amanda Fish/Amanda Taylor (VU) def. Mari Muller/Andrea Brenes (UA) 8-6
2. Taka Bertrand/Catherine Newman (VU) def. Nicole Briceno/Paulina Bigos (UA) 8-5
3. Liberty Sveke/Courtney Ulery (VU) def. Shelley Godwin/Bianca Svensson (UA) 8-1
Order of finish: 3,2,1